In honor of the Canadian airlines returning to Costa Rica in October, let’s review the strong ties between our nation and the Great White North:
Canada and Costa Rica have strong and diverse bilateral relationships. The two countries share similar views on many areas, including human rights, the rule of law, security and free trade, as well as views on regional and international issues raised in multilateral institutions.
In Costa Rica, Canada is represented by the Canadian Embassy in San Jose, which opened in 1961. Costa Rica is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa, a consulate in Toronto, and an honorary consulate in Vancouver.
Canada supports Costa Rica’s security efforts through the GAC’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP). Since 2009, GAC Costa Rica has provided nearly $ 8 million in security programs through ACCBP (money laundering).
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) offers students from Latin America and the Caribbean short-term scholarship opportunities to study or research in Canada. In particular, the program is based on the institutional links between Canada and Costa Rica that facilitate the creation of scholarship opportunities. These academic agreements help promote research collaboration and student exchanges.
There are nearly 10,000 Canadian residents in Costa Rica, including dual citizens, and tens of thousands of Canadians travel to Costa Rica each year. In 2019, nearly 220,000 Canadian tourists came to Costa Rica via the country’s international airports.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica on Youth Mobility, signed in 2010, allows young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in the other country for up to two years.
Costa Rica is Canada’s largest trading partner in Central America. Bilateral trade in goods reached $ 675 million in 2017. Goods exports were $ 159 million in 2017 and imports from Costa Rica were $ 516 million. Canada’s exports consisted primarily of grain products, machinery, electrical machinery, and vegetables, while primary imports included fruits and nuts, electrical machinery, and medical instruments.
The entry into force of the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) in 2002 made it possible to expand trade relations between the two countries. At the same time, agreements on environmental and work cooperation were signed. One of the main goals of the CCRFTA is to create new business opportunities for both countries.
In April 2012, an Open Skies Air Transport Agreement between Canada and Costa Rica came into force. This agreement enables any airline from Canada or Costa Rica to fly between the two countries as often as they want and via any point in third countries.
In 2012, Costa Rica expressed its desire to join the OECD, which Canada supported. Costa Rica became the 38th member country of the OECD in May 2021.
Facts from the Government of Canada and the Government of Costa Rica.